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How Long Has This Been Going On?

I was speaking to a friend a few years ago about our freedoms in America. She was considering a move to another country and I mentioned the freedoms we enjoy here in America that she would not find elsewhere.

“We are not as free as you think,” she said.

“True,” I replied, “but at least we have the opportunity to retain those freedoms not afforded to others and work to form a more perfect union.”

However, it appears we are not only failing to retain our freedoms, but actually working toward ending them all. We’re practically sprinting there. We are steadily giving up our liberties hand over fist in the name of safety or health. The day will come, and may it come soon, when those citizens who are effectively asleep at the wheel will wake up and ask, ‘how long has this been going on?’

There have been multiple additions to the anti-smoking campaign since the class-action lawsuits of the 90s. I’m not saying these groups were formulated due to the lawsuits, just interesting that they seem to have sprung up over night not long afterwards. There is a new commercial on television that ends with the claim “smoking effects all of us.” This is true, but in a free society, you choose how you treat your body and the environment in which you eat, hang out and stand. It is not my decision how you do so as long as it does not infringe on my rights. Law-enforceable smoking bans should be left to the private establishments to decide and not legislated by the city or state. I do not advocate passing a smoking tax as a deterrent. For the record, I am allergic to cigarette and cigar smoke.

I have seen more advertisements for environmental activism than ever before; a few even geared toward children. I will state that schoolhouse teaching of environmental activism to children is the same as if a Christian teacher were to instruct their class on Christian beliefs as a state-mandated tool of mass conversion. The only difference is that any public outcry against environmental brainwashing is termed radical or out of touch. Federal or state legislation for the purpose of environmental activist education of the youth is beyond contemptible. For the record, I support personal change to reflect a healthier environment.

In May of this year, my wife and I purchased a house. I tried to talk myself into believing that the tax credit we received was for the income taxes I had been paying all these years, but it will not change the fact that it and all tax credits are simply a redistribution of wealth. It’s yet another money motivator in a long line of falsehoods to artificially inflate our economy. I had my excuses, but I am still ashamed of my decision.

How long will we sit idly by and allow our neighbors to be taxed for their smokes and soda and think, “they should quit that nasty habit anyway.” It’s not your problem right? How long will we send children to school to be brainwashed by federally-funded schools? How long will we except bribes for our rights? How long?

Everyone has read some variant of Pastor Martin Niemöller’s poem at one point and many use it for this very purpose.

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me–
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

There are many personal rights already lost to federal and state legislation. Begin thinking about your neighbor and their rights, because you never know when they will come for you. These are your freedoms too.

Thanks for reading,

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